Bathtub or Shower: Which Is the Best Choice for You?

Posted on August 26th, 2016 by

Some bathrooms may look more elegant with a nice tub, while others may only have the space to permit a small shower. Even if space is not a concern, some people still prefer the convenience of a shower or the ability to relax in a bathtub. In case you’re planning on remodeling your bathroom and adding a tub or shower, the flooring and design experts at CMA Flooring in Carrollton, TX, have created this handy chart that covers a few of the advantages and disadvantages of both options.





If bathroom space is at a premium, showers leave a smaller footprint. Though showers can be as large as space allows, the typical configuration is at least 30 inches wide and between 34 and 36 inches deep. The average bathtub is somewhere in the vicinity of 30 inches wide. However, a tub is usually about 72 inches long, taking up a lot more room than a normal shower.


A quick shower beats out a bath because it uses fewer gallons of water per minute. The average 5-minute shower will use up 12.5 gallons. If your showers tend to go long, a tub might be the better choice. A 10-minute shower uses 25 or more gallons, less than filling a bathtub.


Showers, especially walk-ins, provide easy access, which is convenient for the disabled and seniors who have limited mobility and difficulty getting in and out of tubs. A shower can also have roll-in or curbless features, offering more opportunities for independence than a bath. Manufacturers are developing access tools for both the disabled and seniors, including benches and taller walk-in tubs.


If you prefer a shower, foregoing a bathtub may allow you to install a larger standalone walk-in shower with special features like massaging showerheads. Tubs offer the advantages of Jacuzzi features, opportunities to read quietly with a glass of wine, and many other things that make relaxing in water a wonderful experience.


According to the National Association of Realtors, potential homebuyers prefer at least one bathtub, but aren’t necessarily willing to give up having a shower, especially families with children. Though having only a shower or bathtub doesn’t reduce a property’s value, it may be slightly harder to sell or rent.


Once you’ve decided if you’re installing a tub or shower, your next consideration should be choosing new flooring for your bathroom. At CMA Flooring, we offer a wide variety of tile, vinyl, and laminate flooring Carrollton homeowners love. Stop by our showroom or give us a call at 972-418-6606 and one of our friendly and knowledgeable representatives would be happy to assist you.